Most college students survive with the help of large quantities of caffeine! Social media has advertisements often for energy drinks and the caffeine is lauded as a solution to lethargy. Caffeine can be addictive but we all still love it and accept that fact. Almost daily my Dad consumes over 64 ounces of coffee from the coffee business that me and my siblings have, and that amount of caffeine works for him. With such a large amount of caffeine becoming normal to your system it is important to find healthy sources of caffeine!
Natural caffeine is best.
When synthetic caffeine is made and put in products it does not copy the natural way caffeine occurs in plants. This article from True Protein talks about how caffeine in plants always comes with other vitamins and methylxanthines which help balance the body when you consume caffeine. Synthetic caffeine almost never comes with such protective measures to help your body better digest and use the caffeine. There are also health benefits to these vitamins and methylxanthines that products with synthetic caffeine will not have. They work toward a steady release of caffeine in your body that helps to prevent a horrible crash from the helpful effects of caffeine.
Good caffeine sources and caffeine levels:
- Coffee – Approximately 95 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. serving
- Black Tea – Approximately 47 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. serving
- Green Tea – Approximately 30-50 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. serving
- Cocoa – Approximately 12 mg of caffeine per 1 Tbsp. serving
- Dark Chocolate – Approximately 12 mg of caffeine per 1 oz. serving
- Guarana Berry – Approximately 1,316 mg of caffeine per 1 oz. serving
- Matcha Tea – Approximately 280 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. serving
- Kombucha – Approximately 14 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. serving (depending on what tea is used to ferment.)
These are naturally occurring sources of caffeine and all are unique and amazing. I am sure there are other natural sources, but these are common ones that I have heard of.
Advisory for the caffeine sensitive:
With all of this information on the benefits of natural caffeine I hope that advertisements and the norms shown in media will have less of a say in your choice of how to stay energized. I know personally I have a very low tolerance of caffeine and I cannot drink even green tea after twelve in the afternoon. I have felt pressure from social media and even friends to drink more caffeine even when it would leave me feeling on-edge or even queasy. Everyone processes caffeine in a different way so your metabolism might be able to take more or less than other people and it is important to know your body and to know what amount of caffeine is too much for you.
Healthline’s list of caffeine overdose symptoms:
So, with this information, I hope you enjoy your morning cup of coffee and have a good rest of your day!